With Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon and team president Saul Katz's trial having at ended in an out-of-court settlement before the trial itself even began, Wilpon, Katz and the Mets can now focus completely on making good decisions within the franchise itself.
Ever since Bernie Madoff—the man behind the Ponzi Scheme that he ran, and that Wilpon and Katz were previously accused of knowing about—had been found guilty for his fraud, Wilpon and Katz were widely viewed by the public as potential insiders on Madoff's operation. The speculation may still be present, but the legal case is now closed, and it's very good for the Mets because it will be one less distraction to worry about.
Now that the Mets finally have a little more money to work with, they can focus on doing more things to improve the state of the team. The Mets have already paid back their $40 million loan from Bank of America and $25 million from Major League Baseball. Now that the 2012 regular season is about to begin, there will not be many roster moves that the front office can make at the moment, but this should definitely improve the Mets' chances at succeeding in future offseasons, especially in regards to signing free agents.
Here are 10 predictions of what the Mets will do going forward, now that the court case has ended.